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The Salford Trail

Explore the heritage, countryside and rural areas of Salford with
a series of ten walks on the Salford Trail.

The Salford Trail is a new, long distance walk of about 50 miles/80 kilometres
and entirely within the boundaries of the City of Salford. The route is varied, going
through rural areas and green spaces, with a little road walking in between. Starting
from the cityscape of Salford Quays, the Trail passes beside rivers and canals,
through country parks, fields, woods and moss lands. It uses footpaths, tracks and
disused railway lines known as 'loop lines'. The Trail circles around to pass through
Kersal, Agecroft, Walkden, Boothstown and Worsley before heading off to Chat Moss.
After crossing this vast landscape, the Trail returns to Salford Quays from the
historic Barton swing bridge and aqueduct.

The Trail has been divided into sections, each accessible by public transport. There
is a leaflet for each section describing the route and giving the transport options.

For background on the local history that you will come across on the trail or for
information on wildlife please visit The Salford Trail.

For more information on public transport in Greater Manchester please visit the TFGM website

  • The Salford Trail leaflet (Adobe PDF format, 1.3mb)
  • The Salford Trail - Walk one (Adobe PDF format, 935kb) Salford Quays to Peel Park. Please note: At the moment it is not possible to walk some parts of this section of the Salford Trail. Diversions are highlighted in bold. Begin from the Salford Quays Metrolink stop. Walk to the edge of the St Peter Basin and turn left, passing the Salford Trail plaque. Turn left along Merchants Quay and carry on to Trafford Road. Turn right and walk to the pedestrian crossing traffic lights. Cross left and turn left. At Ordsall Lane turn right and follow the signs to Ordsall Hall. Diversion in place here because the canal towpath has collapsed: In about 100m you will see Ordsall Hall - a Grade 1 listed Manor House over 750 years old, which is well worth a visit. Carry on past the Hall till you reach Nine Acre Drive (on the left) cross the main road and turn right down the path opposite signposted Castlefield. You will then reach the Manchester Ship Canal, carry on as per leaflet. 
  • The Salford Trail - Walk two (Adobe PDF format, 879kb) - Peel Park to Kersal. Please note: The footpath is closed at Cromwell Bridge for an indefinite period. Please use the following route.
    Cross Cromwell Road then turn right and go over Cromwell Bridge. Turn left into Lower Broughton Road and go straight ahead. Pass the 'Welcome to the Cliff' sign and the MUFC training ground, carry on up the hill. The road becomes cobbled and soon meets Cliff Crescent.
    Turn left here at the footpath sign. Go straight ahead and within 100m rejoin the Trail (waymark on fence). You come out on Bury New Road. To walk Option A, carry on as per leaflet.
    For the shorter Option B, go along the road but turn down Radford Street. Continue to walk ahead where you will meet a wide, more uneven path with woods on both sides. After about 500 metres, before you get to housing, turn left at the footpath sign and walk straight ahead towards the river.
    Turn right at the river and continue along the top bank. After a short distance you will see gates and a path off to the right leading to some houses. Take this path onto the road, Rushley Avenue. Follow this road along the line of the river to the end, and turn right into Northallerton Road, to reach Littleton Road..
  • The Salford Trail - Walk three (Adobe PDF format, 841kb) Kersal to Clifton. Please note: Towards the end of this part of the trail in Clifton Country Park you come to a railway line crossing. This is now closed. Please follow this diversion:  Turn right and follow the railway line for approximately 300 yards, you will come to a green bridge crossing the railway line, turn left here, cross the bridge and walk up the path on the left hand side. Turn left at the top onto to Solway Close, heading towards Manley Avenue where you turn right leading on to Manchester Road.  Here you can finish the walk or continue on the Salford Trail -  Walk 4 - Clifton to Roe Green.   
  • The Salford Trail - Walk four (Adobe PDF format, 801kb) Clifton to Roe Green
  • The Salford Trail - Walk five (Adobe PDF format, 845kb) Roe Green to Walkden
  • The Salford Trail - Walk six (Adobe PDF format, 971kb) Walkden to Worsley
  • The Salford Trail - Walk seven (Adobe PDF format, 900kb) Worsley to Barton or Brookhouse
  • The Salford Trail - Walk eight (Adobe PDF format, 981kb) Barton Bridge to Salford Quays
  • The Salford Trail - Walk nine (Adobe PDF format, 836kb) Brookhouse to Irlam
  • The Salford Trail - Walk ten (Adobe PDF format, 849kb) Irlam to Cadishead

Your comments, suggestions and experiences of The Salford Trail are welcomed. Please email with any feedback.

The Salford Trail

The Bridgewater Canal

The Walk

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